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Bystander killed during party in Halifax County

Posted June 26, 2011 11:35 a.m. EDT
Updated June 26, 2011 11:40 a.m. EDT

— An argument at a party attended by several hundred people in Halifax County Sunday erupted into gunfire, killing an innocent bystander, according to the sheriff's office.

Capt. L.J. Burch said that deputies responded to calls about a loud party in the Medoc area. When deputies arrived, they heard gunshots ring out. They detained Delorean Tremaine Taylor, 28, of Enfield, at the scene.

Deputies found Kevin Jamar Davis, 18, of Littleton, lying in the yard of a home on N.C. Highway 48, Burch said. He had been shot in the back.

Deputies performed CPR on Davis until medical workers arrived, but he died of his injuries.

Burch said that investigators determined that Taylor had argued with another man, pulled out a gun and began firing. He shot Davis, who hadn't been part of the argument and wasn't his intended target, the captain said.

Taylor was charged with murder and placed in the Halifax County jail. He was denied bond and scheduled to appear in court July 6.

Taylor has a violent criminal history dating to 1998 that includes nearly seven years behind bars for armed robbery, according to state Department of Correction records.

He has also been convicted of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of assault and assault on a female, all misdemeanors, records show.